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Event Details

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • 14:15 - 14:45

Soft photonics: Can we design them for biointegrated applications?

The impact of photonic technologies on the health sector is difficult to foresee. While scalpels will not be replaced with lasers, photonic devices promise to be able to make a difference. From artificial retinae; optogenetics, where lasers or light-emitting diodes are used to stimulate or suppressed the firing of neurons; to non-destructive optical sensing in, e.g., pharmacology applications, a high demand exist for versatile, adaptive photonics systems compatible with the soft tissue environment. We will present recent efforts to design new plastics of desired photonic and electronic functions targeted for biointegrated photonics. One line of our enquiry is to explore the potential of new polymer-based systems that can offer the same flexibility, softness and light weight as commodity plastics but can control the flow of light therefore assisting light harvesting, light out-/in-coupling, and or light-wave guiding. Other opportunities for such systems include photonic near-infrared mirrors that could prevent undesired heat built up of specific human tissues but also could prove to be very useful in fighting counterfeits of pharmaceutical products via optical means. Extension to architectures for a range of sensor platforms will also be presented.